AHIMA has tabulated the result of the 2020 election. Congratulations to the newly elected leaders and all the candidates that agreed to be included on the ballot.

A total of 3,069 votes were tallied this year, with association-wide voter turnout of 4.5 percent, slightly down from 4.6 percent last year.

Visit the AHIMA Membership and Business Engage community under the AHIMA Election library to see the AHIMA Election – 2020 Final Voter turnout report by component state association (CSA).


Tim J. Keough, MPA, RHIA, FAHIMA

Keough has been vice president of health information systems for the New Jersey Hospital Association since 2006. He serves two roles—to assist members with association needs, such as proper coding of COVID-19. The main role is to identify industry needs, create innovative services, and offer solutions to clients. As a member of the Executive team, he has participated in strategic planning and financial management as well as supporting a diverse membership group. Prior roles included divisional director of HIS for large teaching facilities. Keough served twice as CSA President, is currently Finance Chair for the AHIMA Foundation, served on the AHIMA Board from 2016 to 2018 (Executive Board – Secretary), and served several other AHIMA roles (Nominating and Program Committee).

Board Directors

Maria A. Caban Alizondo, MOL, MLC, RHIT, FAHIMA

Caban Alizondo is the director of health information management services for UCLA Health System in Los Angeles, CA. She has been president of the California Health Information Association (CHIA), CA Delegate to AHIMA, and Chair of the CHIA Governance Committee and Technology Taskforce. She participated in authoring the AHIMA CDI Toolkit, AHIMA Future of the House Taskforce, and the AHIMA Envisioning Collaborative, and she is a proud AHIMA mentor. Caban Alizondo is passionate about strategic change, leadership, and developing new professionals. She writes and presents frequently on topics that influence the profession, including strategic change management, relational leadership, applied informatics and governance, and operational technology integrations.

Shawn C. Wells, RHIT, CHDA

Wells has been in the HIM profession since 2003, and currently serves as director of health information at University of Utah Health (UUH). While at UUH, Wells has implemented enterprise-wide computer-assisted coding, led UUH through the ICD-10 transition, and developed a new HIM team focusing on data integrity, analytics, and information governance. He is an active volunteer and mentor and sits on the Weber State University HIM Advisory Committee. He served as the Utah Health Information Management Association’s treasurer and president and was speaker of the AHIMA House of Delegates in 2019. Shawn is an active public speaker at the regional, national, and international level on topics of ICD-10, computer-assisted coding, data integrity, and emerging roles in HIM.


Christine A. Williams, RHIA

Williams is the document integrity manager at UW Health in Madison, WI. She is currently serving as the Speaker of the House of Delegates for AHIMA and has been an active delegate for AHIMA for the last five years. Williams has been involved in several AHIMA task forces and is currently involved in the Governance Task Force and Governance Committee. She is an established speaker with a specialty in engagement and conflict resolution. She has been recognized as the UW Employee of the Month, Working Mother of the Year (Working Mother Magazine), Rising Star, and for Distinguished Service for the Wisconsin Health Information Management Association.

CCHIIM Commissioners

Kelly F. Cooper, RHIA, CCS

Cooper is the HIM and HIPAA corporate compliance officer for nineteen Solaris facilities in Florida. She is a candidate for the Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS) credential and holds the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) and Certified Coding  Specialist (CCS) credentials. She is an active volunteer at all three levels of Health Information Management Associations, serving in previous roles such as a regional HIM association’s President-elect, Chair of Florida HIMA Committees, and Co-Chair of the AHIMA Long-Term Post-Acute Care Practice Council. She is a mentor, public speaker, educator, and advocate for the HIM profession, patient rights, and health policy.

Regina L. Kraus, MSA, RHIA, CDIP, CPHQ

Kraus is an adjunct instructor for several online health information management programs and serves as a Quality Matters™ Higher Education Peer Reviewer and an AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer. Her experience is in healthcare administration and management concentrating on the behavioral health field, managing both inpatient psychiatric and outpatient mental health programs in Ohio. Kraus is a member of AHIMA and the Minnesota Health Information Management Association, serving on several subcommittees. She previously served on the Board of Directors of the Miami Valley Health Information Management Association in Ohio as well as board president for the Mental Health Association of Miami County.

Braden Michael Tabisula, MBA, RHIA, CHDA

Tabisula is a knowledgeable educator with experience in health information management operations. Currently an assistant professor, he has over nine years of experience in health informatics and health information management, in hospital and higher education environments. He is passionate in delivering quality instructional design for online courses and utilizing analytical tools to provide data driven decisions. Tabisula is experienced in creating databases and spreadsheets for tracking performance and automating processes. He achieved an MBA with an emphasis on Information Systems and is currently pursuing a PhD in computer information systems and technology.

CEE Council Members

Mecredi Cruder, RHIA, CPC

Cruder is an active duty lieutenant colonel in the US Army currently serving as the program director of the HIM branch at the Army Medical Center of Excellence in San Antonio, TX. She has 18 years of experience in HIM and strategic leadership. She serves as the 2020 President of the Alamo HIMA Chapter in San Antonio and on the Texas Health Information Association (TxHIMA) Conference committee. In 2018, she was a recipient of the AHIMA Undergrad/New Graduate Program and has also served on the AHIMA VLab Committee and TxHIMA Education Committee. Cruder is also an active member of ACHE, HIMSS, and AAPC.

Amanda M. Walden, PhD, RHIA, CHDA

Walden is a faculty member at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL. She has taught full-time in the health informatics and information management program since 2012. She teaches small and large class sizes, with both face-to face and online delivery. Her experience in acute care, physician practices, and behavioral health, bringing real-world knowledge into the classroom. She completed her PhD in 2018 with a focus on health information privacy. She has served at all levels and has held leadership positions at the regional and state levels. She has served as a speaker on topics relevant to HIM and education at numerous events including AHIMA’s Academy on Education and HIMSS’s AUPHA Academic Forum.

2020 AHIMA Nominating Committee

AHIMA would like to thank the 2020 AHIMA Nominating Committee for their outstanding work in developing the ballot, monitoring the AHIMA Membership and Business Engage Community, and encouraging members to vote.

Chair: Lauren W. Manson, RHIA

Committee Members:

Benjamin W. Burton, JD, MBA, RHIA, CHPS, CHC, CRC, CPC
Mona Y. Calhoun, MS, MEd, RHIA, FAHIMA
Ann F. Chenoweth, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA
Susan D. Clark, RHIT, CHTS-IM, CHTS-PW
Dianna M. Foley, RHIA, CHPS, CDIP, CCS
Marie I. Gardenier, MBA, RHIA, CHPS, PMP, FAHIMA
Grissel Pabon, MS, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P
Diann H. Smith, MS, RHIA, CHP, FAHIMA

Ex-Officio Non-Voting Member—AHIMA CEO: Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE

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